Best tips for choosing a summer camp for your kids

Posted at 4:32 AM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 06:58:16-04

(WXYZ) — Spring is here and we're just a couple of months away from kids getting out of school, and that means that it's time for parents to start thinking of summer camps for kids.

If you're not sure on how to pick a camp or what to look for, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has several tips on what to look for.

The first step is to answer several questions, according to LARA. Those are: What do you expect your child to accomplish/experience? Would a day camp, resident camp or travel camp be best? What length of time do you want for the experience? How much do you want to spend?

After answering those questions, you have to make sure to do research on each type of camp. Day camps are on a campsite for part of the day, residential camps are for five or more days and nights, and travel camps move from one site to another and can last from five days to three weeks.

Next, you should identify several camps that fit with the desires. Not all camps need to be licensed. A program may call itself a camp and not be required to get a license because it doesn't fall under a camp as contained in the licensing law.

After deciding, make sure to talk to the camp director and camp staff. Ask for references, ask about the behavior management plan and visitation policy, and much more.

Finally, if you have a concern about something that happened or something that happened and was mishandled, contact the state's complaint intake unit here.

For more information from LARA, click here.